I have always been fascinated by dragons and they have remained in my top ten stitching themes throughout my 40+ years of stitching. I regret that I do not have photographs of all my dragon pieces. I wasn't always diligent about keeping a record. But here are a few photos.
This Cross Eyed Kat's Red Snow Fight Dragon. There are several more dragon snow fights in this series: a green a blue, a yellow and, I think, a purple dragon. I may someday go searching for the others and stitch the series. This chart was a door prize I was lucky enough to win in the online show.
This Dragon Dream's Storm Bringer: a medium to largish piece that I have yet to frame. This was another of those pieces that used the dratted DMC rayon floss. Jennifer Aiken-Smith seems to have a fondness for the stuff.
This Teresa Wentzler's Tracery Dragons: one of the most delightful pieces I have ever stitched. It used DMC and Kreinik blending filament and very fine braid. Plenty of intricate detail to keep one on one's toes and enough specialty fiber to add a bit of interesting texture.
This another Dragon Dream's chart: from the complimentary Elemental Dragons series. This is Earth
And these are Fire and Water.
And these are Air and Spirit.
And here you can see them all on a long narrow bell pull ... admittedly not one of my better photos but it does give you an idea of how I finished the piece.
This is another Dragon Dreams complimentary chart. This is called Dragon of Hope. I changed the colorway on this from reds to pinks. I made it up as a tote for my grand-daughter who is into all things pink. I am told that the first thing she did on receiveing it was to remove the satin rose pin and transfer that to her dress. In any case, I hope she enjoys carrying her necessities for pre-school in this little tote.
This another Dragon Dreams complimentary chart. I forget the name of it but as you can see it is a drgon guarding its hoard from all comers.
This Teresa Wentzler's Tempest in a Teacup. This was another great stitching experience and I tink the frame really sets it off.
This is Teresa Wentzler's "You Were Hatched..." depicting a mama dragon explaining the facts of life to her little one.
This is one of Vickey Mackey's Dragon Bookmarks. There were three bookmarks in this chart and I stitched them all. Unfortunately the first one, which I did finish as a bookmark, was lost in a round robin exchange long before I started photographing my finishes. This Golden Dragon looks particularly fierce.
This the Blue Dragon from the same series as the Golden Dragon pictured above. He is also a rather fierce looking character. He looks as if he is considering his viewers as so many menu choices.
And another Teresa Wentzler Dragon, Futurecaster, which I embellished with some hematite beads. I always think Teresa Wentzler's dragons are so elegant and aristocratic. I love the complexity of her designs.
Dragon Dreams' Here Be Dragons. This is one of Jennifer Aiken Smith's more whimsical, as opposed to fantastical dragons. I also love the old map motif. This was a great deal of fun to stitch.
Dragon Dreams' Compass Rose Dragon. This is the second chart in the leaflet Here Be Dragons. I love the colors of the compass in this piece.
Dragon Dreams' A Dragon's Tea Party. Another whimsical piece complete with cookie stealing baby dragons and a friendly wizard.
And, just to add a bit more evidence of my love of dragons, here are a few photos of other dragons in my life:
My dragon teapot: I use him for green tea mostly.
My dragon tea strainer: I founf this while antiquing last summer. I polished it up as best I could, but there is some corrosion. To be usable it will have to be professionally cleaned and resilvered. I am planning on asking my husband to have this done as a birthday gift.
My blown glass dragon salt and pepper shakers. I can't remember the name of the artsy shop in Saratoga Springs where I found these little darlings. All I remember is that the same shop carried the same glass mugs from which Capt. Jean-Luc Picard sipped his "Earl Grey, Hot."
My dragon garden ornament: He has been guarding my garden for the past seven years or so. His name is Herbie, named after a dragon in a continuing bedtime saga my husband made up to settle the children down for the night so many years ago. Herbie also seems appropriate as the garden guardian of a patio filled with pots of herbs.
I also have a selection of books featuring dragons: every thing from The Hobbit to books of dragon lore.
The only thing I seem to be missing is dragon jewelery.